It is with heartbreak and sorrow that we announce the passing of our son and brother Bryan Gordon Flank peacefully at home with his loving family by his side at the age of 35.
Bryan was born at Port Arthur General Hospital in Thunder Bay to Dianne and Gordon Flank on August 15 1986, and is the middle child to his two sisters Lee-Anne and Lisa.
As a child Bryan was an observer and listener; soaking it all in. He was a man of few words with a calm demeanor and fierce & quiet strength. He loved fishing from a young age. Growing up he played some football and hockey and eventually took to skateboarding which he enjoyed with his cousin David. Bryan also spent his free time camping with friends and family, and fishing at the family's favourite lake as well as golfing, gaming, and streaming. He also became somewhat of a “foodie” with sushi, crab, pasta, and wings being some of his favourite dishes. As we are approaching the season we hold dear to our heart that Christmas is Bryan’s favourite time of year, and he was always eager to help mom put up the Christmas lights and tree.
Bryan graduated from St. Ignatius High school in 2004 with the years following his graduation working various jobs. Before his cancer journey Bryan was beginning his career in construction. He took pride in his construction work especially in his roles working as a drywaller and working with Dale Spickerhoff. When treatment made it difficult to work in construction, Bryan enjoyed his time working at Home Depot. Bryan proudly took on any job and all of his colleagues were incredibly supportive. Further treatment impacted Bryan’s ability to continue laborious work at which time he sought a new career path in September 2020 when he enrolled in the Interactive Media Development program at Confederation College. With the unfortunate progression of his brain cancer Bryan made the difficult decision to discontinue the program.
Bryan was diagnosed with brain cancer in May 2016. Over the 5 ½ years, 3 brain surgeries and numerous treatments, Bryan never seemed to stray from his inherently calm demeanour; his bravery and strength was remarkable to say the least.
Bryan will be dearly missed and is survived by his parents Gordon and Dianne (Legros) Flank, sister Lee-Anne Flank and sister and brother-in-law Lisa and Adam Foreman, his grandmother Melba Flank and a very big loving family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bryan is predeceased by his Grandparents Elsie and Larry Legros and Bob Flank, his Uncle Rob Flank and cousin Erik Sereda.
We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to those who supported Bryan and his family throughout his journey. Thank you to family, friends, and colleagues. A sincere thank you to Bryan’s medical team, some of whom we have named but please know we are grateful for everyone’s involvement. Thank you to Dr Haq, Victoria LeMay-Stirrup and the nurses and doctors on the 3rd floor neuro-surgical unit. Thank you to Dr. Faghih, Dr. Ramchander, nurse Mel, the cancer centre nurses as well as the 1A oncology doctors, nurses and staff. Thank you to Bill at Superior Hearing. We want to send our sincere appreciation to Dr. Ward, nurse Sarah, Amber, and the ParaMed nurses for your support and guidance. A very special thank you to Dr. Del Paggio for his exceptional care. We will be forever grateful for his dedication to Bryan’s treatment.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 29, 2021 in chapel of Sargent & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Victor DeGagne officiating. Those wishing to attend are asked to register on Bryan’s page at www.sargentandson.com or call the funeral home 345-5351. Those attending the service must provide proof of double vaccination and proper identification. Those unable to attend the service may go to the Sargent and Son Facebook Page where a live stream of the service will be available. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to TBRHSF- Northern Cancer Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com.